Every child has the right to an education. Adara works with remote, marginalised and underprivileged children and their families to ensure that right is realised and these children get the opportunity to thrive. We have established programmes in Kathmandu, Humla and Ghyangfedi to improve access and quality of education for young people.
INCREASING ACCESS TO EDUCATION IN HUMLA
Since 1998, we have worked in Humla, one of the most remote places in the world. Over this this time, we have come to understand the challenges and barriers faced by the community. Humla has some of the nation’s lowest literacy rates, largely a result of lack of quality education in the district.
Our education initiatives focus on school teacher employment and training; school infrastructure and materials; after-school activities; and vocational scholarships. By improving education in the district we also aim to eliminate child trafficking. We work to:
Schools in Humla are usually little more than a room with four walls – many even lack furniture or carpet for children to sit on. We are creating child-friendly classrooms in our target schools in Humla as an incentive for students to attend school. We are also making sure our target schools have the teaching and learning materials they need to best serve their students.
Adara provides scholarships to students in the form of school uniforms, shoes and a bag containing essential school supplies so children can attend school without stigma.
REACH THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST
Although gifted students are sometimes able to access scholarships for the tuition costs of higher education from the government, they often cannot afford the living costs needed to take advantage of this opportunity. Adara provides scholarships to help cover these costs for academically excellent Humlis so they can pursue higher education.
Due to Humla’s remoteness, it is difficult for the government to attract and retain teachers. Adara funds the salaries of six extra teachers and two support staff for six schools, focussing on gaps in science, maths, and English and Tibetan languages.
PROVIDE EXTRA HELP FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED IT
As there are limited teachers in the schools and most parents are illiterate, many children need extra help with their schoolwork. Adara runs 10 before-and-after-school classes every day which are open to all primary and preschool children who want to improve.
EDUCATING GIRLS IN KATHMANDU
In Kathmandu, Adara has partnered with Hands in Outreach (HIO), to help improve access to education for girls. HIO aims to address illiteracy and lack of formal education in Nepal, and especially helps to redress the huge gender disparity in education. Through its programmes, HIO supports children and families they find living in dire conditions in Nepal.
Adara supports HIO's management, family-support and healthcare costs. Our assistance allows HIO to make a strong long-term impact in the children's lives and their communities, helping their families to break the poverty cycle. Many of the girls who otherwise would not have had the chance to even attend school are now doing extremely well, and many have progressed into university education.
BUILDING AN EARTHQUAKE-RESISTANT SCHOOL IN GHYANGFEDI
In 2016, Adara began the process of building a new earthquake-resistant school in Ghyangfedi. This was part of Adara’s long-term disaster relief efforts after the devastating 2015 earthquake which struck Nepal. In June 2017, the school opened its doors and is now providing more than 200 students with the opportunity to receive a quality education.
THE ADARA YOUTH'S EDUCATION
As part of our child wellbeing support to the 136 previously trafficked children we rescued through the Adara Development (Nepal). We have taken on the role of guardians for the Adara youth for many years and part of that role is to make sure they receive adequate education through boarding school or day school in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Humla. For children and youth who are repatriated or reintegrated, Adara helps them access education locally. We also employ Child Protection & Development Programme Supervisors to check in with the children so they can succeed at both school and home.
There has been a 50% increase in students enrolled in Adara-supported schools in Humla from 2011 to 2016
There has been a 19% average increase in student attendance in Adara-supported schools in Humla from 2013 to 2016
253 million children worldwide aged 6 to 17 don’t attend school.
In Nepal, 81,526 children don’t attend primary school
100% of students who have completed their School Leave Certificate (SLC) at the Yalbang School passed. Only 50% of students across the country pass each year.
4 watchdog committees have been formed and supported to discourage child trafficking activities in upper Humla villages